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Nadine Gordimer: courage in life, talent in work

Nadine Gordimer died peacefully at the age of 90 on Sunday. The Nobel laureate transcended the provincial confines of her solitary childhood in the small mining town of Springs to become a fierce opponent of apartheid through her critically acclaimed writings.

Nadine Gordimer: courage in life, talent in work

Nat Nakasa to be reburied in South Africa

The remains of writer and journalist Nat Nakasa, who died in exile in the United States in 1965, are to be repatriated to South Africa, in what Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has called "a defeat for those who sought to turn Nakasa, like the majority of his people, into temporary sojourners in the country of their birth".


Sibusiso Vilane shows the way to the top

Sibusiso Vilane is the first African, and one of only a handful of people, to accomplish the Explorers Grand Slam - the Goliath Challenge. He is a walking, talking advertisement for perseverance and resilience, spreading the message that "we Africans can reach great heights" around the world.


SA Airways appoints first black chief pilot

Captain Eric Manentsa's appointment as the first black chief pilot at South African Airways has been described as a proud moment for the airline and a milestone for the country in its 20th year of democracy.


Thuli Madonsela on Time's most influential people list

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's fearless pursuit of truth has landed her a spot on the Time 100 Most Influential People in the World list. The fierce legal eagle has some 30 years' experience upholding the rule of law, including having helped draft South Africa's Constitution.

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